Law Practice Management

The Tennessee Bar Association has a variety of resources and practical information on law office management issues available to help members better serve clients and practice more efficiently and effectively.

Below you will find the Practice Management Advisor Pipes Feed, brought to you by the Law Office Technology & Management Section of the Tennessee Bar Association. "PMA Pipes" is an RSS newsfeed that was designed by the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center. It combines posts from the blogs of Practice Management Advisors from across the United States, as well as the ABA's Site-tation blog, into one convenient location. The blogs brought to you by this feed include: Law Practice Matters, Reid My Blog, Law Practice Tips, Law Practice Advisor, The Last Word, Thoughtful Legal Management, and Compujurist, among others.

Practice Management Advisor Pipes Feed

[SC Small Firm] Take a Break
Did you know…? • Employers in the United States are not obligated to offer any paid vacation • Vacation is mandated by law in many other parts of the world • Poll: Only 57% of U.S. workers use up all of the vacation days they’re entitled to Credit: CNN Online. Study after study shows the mental and physical health benefits of taking time off. It seems like common sense to me: if you’re tired and stressed, you’re more likely to make mistakes. On the one hand, a vacation is a...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Dropbox Dilemmas
While popular, Dropbox continues to be an ongoing source of angst for lawyers who would like to use the cloud, but are frightened aware by security concerns. See Dropbox Security Concerns? and Dropbox Privacy Policy Changes (Again). Thankfully, the ABA Site-tation has come to our rescue by pointing to these helpful posts from Nerino Petro, Futurelawyer, and [...]
[Law Practice Advisor] Outlook Out of Office Assistance: Adding Hyperlinks to Your Away Messages
Last week’s Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers E-Journal Law Practice Management Section Featured Practice Tip comes from LOMAP. Last week's Tip relays a nifty little trick for adding hyperlinks to your Outlook Out of Office messages. Read the Tip here.
[Avoid a Claim] Business debt collection fraud by George Graham
An Ontario lawyer has informed us that he has been contacted to collect a business debt by a person purporting to be George Graham. The emails are similar to fraud attempts we have seen under the names David Lawson, Mark Ludic and Ma Li Ni. Here is a sample of their conversation as well as the ID and retainer signature from the fraudster. Note the different emails used, as well as the fact that the passport is American yet the retainer was signed in Belleville, ON. From: George Graham...
[ABA Site-tation] Doubts About Dropbox?
Body: Recent controversies may have you somewhat disenchanted with Dropbox and online document storage in general but that need not be the case. Online or cloud based storage is a vital component of your overall data backup and security strategy. Nevertheless, rather than depend solely upon the security methods of your online storage provider, it is essential to encrypt your data prior to uploading to Dropbox or any other remote storage.   To be fair, Dropbox Terms of Service do instruct users...
[ABA Site-tation] Available now - Volumes 5 & 6 of the 2011 ABA Legal Technology Survey
Body: The final volumes of the 2011 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report - Online Research (Vol. V) and Mobile Lawyers (Vol. VI) - are available for purchase. Online Research (Vol. 5) addresses the use of technology, particularly web-based technology, when conducting legal research. Report data are based on tabulation of 891 completed Online Research questionnaires. In 2011 we ask how often tablets, netbooks and other new technologies are used to perform the traditional task of legal research...
[Avoid a Claim] Litigation retainer scam by Edward Williams
An Ontario lawyer reported receiving an email from the purported Edward Williams with respect to a scam litigation retainer. Virtually identical messages using other names can be found all over the internet. Here is the message: From: “edward willams” edwardwillams2000@gmx.com To: Date: 17/07/2011 01:29 PM Subject: HELLO, I NEED AN ATTORNEY I am sending you this email through the internet with reservations, basically because you may perceive my intentions wrongly. The issue...
[Avoid a Claim] Collections scam by Albert Liu of Lankom Electronics Co Ltd
Today, an Ontario lawyer advised us of a collection scam by someone purporting to be Albert Liu from Lankom Electronics Co Ltd. The initial contact email the lawyer received is reproduced below. We have seen this exact scam before, once in March of 2011 and three times in September of 2010. Some of the messages include phone numbers and a website address for Lankom Electronics (www.lankomelectronics.com/). As of today there is nothing at this URL. There is a real company that goes by that...
[Slaw: Dan Pinnington] Five Activities Generally Not Covered by Your Malpractice Policy
On occasion, lawyers have engaged in activities that have made them front-page news, subject to embarrassment and possibly lawsuits or discipline complaints. Not only can this kind of attention be bad for a lawyer’s reputation, it can also damage or even destroy client relationships. That’s reason enough to be aware of and avoid activities that could lead to these types of outcomes. But there is another – equally if not more compelling – reason to avoid them: In some instances, it may be the...
[Oregon Law Practice Management] Six Mistakes Lawyers Make with Staff, Part I
In my career as a legal recruiter and law practice management advisor, I have witnessed some regrettable decisions involving staff. I’m not referring to hiring, evaluating, or terminating employees. I’m talking about day-to-day choices made by lawyers – those decisions that seem reasonable at the time, but have a way of coming back to bite [...]